How do you motivate volunteers?
Our town has a new community garden, organized by a dozen people under the parks and recreation department. It is a communal garden rather than one where individual plots are leased. After an initial burst of energy and interest from this core committee, resulting in the garden being planted, we're having a difficult time getting volunteer members to sign up for a more than a 2 hour work session per week for watering, mulching, etc.
How do other gardens styled this way keep people motivated? We're trying to keep the work load equitable so all founding members can share in the harvest fairly, and then sign up paying subscribers next season.
Would it be better if each person were responsible for a different area of the garden, a different crop or group of plants? Would that engage their interest more? Anyone have experience to share about distributing the work load and keeping people motivated?